The best leaders recognize that they are part of a community and that their actions affect the whole organization, says Mike D'Eredita, director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity. Great leaders are also coaches who have a sense of how their organization fits into the larger dynamic of competition, D'Eredita says.
Retailers that use historical data to align staffing with demand saw profit and revenue increase, according to a study by three Wharton School professors. Training is important even in a high-turnover industry, as increased knowledge about one offering can increase staff sales across a variety of products, says researcher Serguei Netessine.
A collection of fantastical landscape shots from Canadian photographer Adam Gibbs has won the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award. Peter Eastway, chairman of the judges, says the passion of the photographers comes through their lens as they "create landscapes of the mind."
When hesitating about a career move, consider these three factors, says Lexi Reese, chief operating officer of Gusto. "The most fulfilling journeys are ones where people are really honest with what they love, what they're good at and where they see a big need," she says.
Networking yields more meaningful and more productive connections if approached with an altruistic mindset, writes Shelcy Joseph. Rather than focusing on what others can do for you, inquire about subjects that interest them, offer to help if they express a need and connect on an emotional level by sharing career struggles.
If you know you're right for a job, but your resume isn't getting past HR, try a more direct route that begins with identifying a need the company has, writes headhunter Nick Corcodilos. Request a meeting with the manager you'd report to, explain your solution and prove you have expertise worth hiring.
If you need more than a vacation to avoid serious burnout, consider requesting a sabbatical by making a case for your value and how an extended break would improve your performance, says Jodi Chavez, president of Randstad Professionals and Life Sciences. Offer specifics about how the break will help you achieve professional goals and avoid having to leave the company altogether.
Proper change management is what will produce a smooth transition for building a workforce that combines human and digital labor, says Gene Chao, global vice president and general manager of IBM Automation. Getting your employees involved early and often in the process allows humans to feel in control, he says.
HR can act like a consultant to the business by embracing artificial intelligence, building their business knowledge and putting available data to use in decision-making, writes Marcus Mossberger of Infor. "As technology becomes ubiquitous--and therefore a commodity--many companies are beginning to realize that their most valuable differentiator is their people," he writes.
A popular incentive program for companies is tracking employees' activity, including nutrition, to hopefully lower health care expenses, but there is concern about data privacy issues or discrimination against employees who don't participate.